ST. LOUIS — Effectively, that didn’t work.
Annoyed by the underachieving offense, Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts made some modifications to the lineup Thursday afternoon. Mookie Betts moved again to leadoff, swapping locations with Trea Turner. Corey Seager and Will Smith – two gamers not complicit within the offensive struggles – acquired the time without work together with slumping Chris Taylor.
That left Cody Bellinger and his impossibly unhealthy OPS-plus of 44 (100 is common) batting fifth and just one batter with a median over .195 (.220-hitting Austin Barnes) within the fifth by way of ninth spots.
The outcomes had been painfully predictable for the Dodgers. The fifth by way of ninth spots within the order went 0 for 17 and the Dodgers misplaced to the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 at Busch Stadium.
After successful the primary two video games in St. Louis, the Dodgers left with a cut up of the four-game collection on the heels of a collection loss in San Francisco.
The Dodgers left Los Angeles every week in the past tied with the Giants atop the NL West, assured they had been surging. They return having gone 3-4 on the seven-game journey and fallen 2 1/2 video games again within the division.
The lineup development Thursday made it clear the Dodgers had been going to need to do their injury on the prime of the lineup. Within the third inning, the primary 4 hitters every reached base – Betts walked, Max Muncy doubled, Trea Turner singled in Betts, and Justin Turner walked.
That produced the Dodgers’ solely run of the day. They’d simply two different hits within the recreation – a first-inning, two-out double by Trea Turner and a single by Betts within the fifth. The one baserunner from the underside 5 spots within the order got here within the seventh inning when Albert Pujols drew a stroll as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher – after getting an prolonged standing ovation in what may very well be his final plate look in St. Louis.
In the course of the collection towards the Cardinals, the Dodgers’ ultimate 19 batters had been retired so as Monday, Adam Wainwright retired 22 of 23 Dodgers at one level Wednesday, and 14 of the ultimate 15 Dodgers had been retired Thursday with only one hit after the third inning.
Of their previous 20 video games – throughout which they’ve gone 13-7 – the Dodgers have hit .202 as a crew and averaged 3.75 runs per recreation.
In the meantime, one other parade of Dodgers pitchers turned in its normal stout effort. Six pitchers held the Cardinals to only 5 hits.
In his first begin since coming back from the injured checklist, Tony Gonsolin gave up a run in his three innings, exhibiting higher fastball velocity (94.6 mph) than he had earlier than going to the IL along with his shoulder drawback and getting 11 swings-and-misses.
The distinction within the recreation was a solo house run by Tyler O’Neill within the fifth inning off Dodgers reliever Phil Bickford. The 362-foot drive cleared the left-field wall with no room to spare.
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